The Great Forest Park Balloon Race
Don’t miss the 42nd Annual Great Forest Park Balloon Race on September 19-20. Attendance is free to the expected 150,000 spectators who come out to watch 70 world-class balloon pilots compete in a race that is almost as exciting from the ground as it is in the air.
In addition to the actual balloon race, there is a children’s area with pony rides, games, and other activities. An entertainment stage will feature a variety of local talent. Concession stands will be available all around the race launch site. The Miller Lite Skydiving Team will also perform. For the schedule of times and activities, see their website.
The Friday Balloon Glow 7:00 pm offers spectators a breathtaking view of inflated balloons lighted by their burners. A fireworks display will follow. The Saturday balloon race will run 12 to 6:30pm and begins when the lead balloon takes off ahead of the pack. 70 “hound” balloons then launch in pursuit. The balloon dropping a birdseed baggie closest to the lead balloon will be declared the winner.
The Chase Park Plaza is adjacent to beautiful Forest Park and close to all the activities. Reserve your room now so you can relax with us after a full day of balloon race fun. For reservations and more information see our website or call 877-587-2427.